Dublin 8 has a new wine bar, as the The Wine Pair is the latest addition to the South Circular Road. The new opening from husband and wife Canice and Mags McKee is in the old Salt + Stove site, and at the moment the menu consists of wine, olives, almonds, cheese and meats, which they pair with the wine. Bread is from the Bretzel Bakery, and current cheeses on the list include Coolatin, Brie de Meaux and Mont d'Or, but this will change from week to week.
The couple, who live locally and have had a love of wine for as long as they can remember, say they've seen the area flourish over the past few years, and wanted to contribute to the growing food and drink scene. The concept and offering is simple - somewhere to kick back with good, well-priced wine, which they will pair with different cheeses and meats for you, but you can also just pop in for a drink. They say they were tired of the "silly pairings" being made elsewhere, and wanted to keep things fuss free.
Wines are mostly European, with plenty of organic and natural choices on the menu, as well as a selection of wines on tap. There's also a wine shop and corkage on anything off the shelf is €10 - a bargain by city centre Dublin standards. You can also take the wines on tap to go in 500ml or 1 litre refillable bottles. The Wine Pair is open now, and will open every Wednesday - Sunday from 16:00.
The Wine Pair
79 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8
Open: Wed - Thu 16:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00.